Habeas Corpus

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Habeas Corpus

A writ one may file requiring the custodian of a prisoner to justify in court that the imprisonment is legal. For example, if one is arrested without proper warrant, one may file habeas corpus for one's release. It should be noted that the right to file habeas corpus may be suspended in national emergencies or for other reasons. The concept comes from English common law.
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In an attempt to locate Mr Mahmood, habeus corpus proceedings were lodged in Pakistan's Supreme Court, with the purpose of ensuring that he was produced in court yesterday.
He went to the High Court in Dublin to make a habeus corpus application, a legal motion questioning legality of detention.
Forthcoming plays include comedy spoof A Tomb With A View, Dickens classic Great Expectations and Alan Bennett comedy Habeus Corpus.
It starts with coverage of relevant Constitutional issues, then addresses searches and seizures, the exclusionary rule, police interrogation, the privilege against self-incrimination, identification procedures, initiation of prosecution, bail and pretrial release, discovery, plea bargaining (including guilty pleas), rights to a speedy trial, right to counsel, the trial, sentencing, double jeopardy, and habeus corpus.